Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bargain Finds: FREE Scotch products @ OSH

I went to OSH (Orchard Supply Hardware) store in Paso Robles to buy some plants. I know where all the clearance aisles are in every store so ofcourse I headed straight there and lo and behold, I found some Scotch brand products on clearance for super cheap. With the $1.00 off coupons I had plus the additional coupons I found that were attached to the Scotch tape I was buying, I was able to get the following items for FREE!

The coupons I printed off the internet expire today so perfect timing!!! :)

I bought all of the above, 10 quart pots of annual/perennial plants & vegetable pots and 1 huge pot of Dahlia's for $3 OOP (out of pocket). I used a 15% off any single item coupon (for the Dahlia's which were $12.99 originally), all the coupons above, a $30 Visa gift card I recently found in an old purse and a $13 merchandise credit card I received from returning dead plants a few months ago. My trip overall was awesome!!!

Coupon Coupon: Take 20% off your entire purchase at Michaels!

I have grown to really love Michael's. It's the perfect place to fulfill my creative side (when I have time to have one). I just received an email with an awesome coupon. Take 20% off your entire purchase including sale items! Usually sale items are excluded from most of their coupons so this is a great time to take advantage of the sales/clearance. I was just there today, wish I had read my email beforehand! Also, an additional coupon is attached: 60% off custom framing order. Valid for two days only: July 2-3, 2011.

Get yours coupons HERE!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Deal of the Day: $15 for a one-year subscription to Zoobooks!

Groupon is offering a great deal on a 1-year subscription to Zoobooks, Zoobies, or Zootles magazine for only $15 (normally $29.95)! A yearly subscription to Zoobooks includes 10 issues, and a subscription to Zoobies or Zootles includes 6 issues.Just pick Eugene, OR as the city to purchase this deal. Get this deal HERE!

"The pages of Zoobooks, Zoobies, and Zootles magazines excite the minds of pintsize animal lovers with facts and photographs of winged, scaly-skinned, and furry-faced creatures. Each issue of Zoobooks, a guide to the world's most fascinating animals, birds, reptiles, and insects for children age 6–12, comes with 20 full-color pages of lifelike animal drawings, photographs of animals in their natural habitats, puzzles, and anatomy diagrams. Zootles, for kids age 2–6, is filled with cartoons, wildlife photography, and an illustrated animal bedtime story, a perfect match for beginning readers and self-reflective spider monkeys. Zoobies, the youngest member of the Zoobooks family, surprises readers age 2 and younger with its lift-the-flap and peek-a-boo features and can survive the wear and tear of excited, super-strong baby hands with its durable, toddler-tough pages."

Deal of the Day: Dutch Oven for only $39 @

Get a red or greenTramontina 6.5-Quart Cast-Iron Dutch Oven, Red for only $39! It received over 350 great reviews too, almost 5 stars. You can either have it shipped to your local Walmart for free or spend an extra 97 cents to have it sent straight to your home! This is selling for over $100 on Amazon. What a great deal!

- Enjoy slow-cooked meals prepared in this Dutch oven
- Cast-iron with porcelain interior for cooking ease
- Ideal serving piece that can go from oven to table

Plum Reward: Refer Three Friends and Get a $20 Trader Joe's Gift Card

Hello friends! Help me get a FREE gift card to my favorite grocery store, Trader Joes! All you have to do is sign up for Plum District. Then you too can try to earn your own $20 gift card!!!


- Refer 3 friends, get a $20 Trader Joe's gift card
- Find great prices on family favorites
- Trusted and delicious organic meats and produce

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Deal of the Day: FREE Revlon Hair Straigtener and Free $10 Credit!

So who likes getting stuff for FREE??? I know I do!!! Today, you can get a FREE Revlon Hair Straightener from NoMoreRack! I have pretty straight hair to begin with but there are some days that I NEED to use a straightener (who hasn't had bad hair days?!). Even if you don't need one, get one anyway. It's free! It'd make a great present! All you need to do is refer 20 friends to NoMoreRack and they don’t even have to make a purchase! The straightener is yours – shipped free of charge! There are other prizes too, so make sure to check out the list! Use code P1080 to score a free $10 credit also!!

Here’s what you have to do:
1. Sign up at No More Rack
2. Once you’re signed up, click on the banner on the top that says “Friend Rack”
3. Grab your referral link
4. Refer your friends (PLUS - everyone gets a FREE $10 credit to their website too!)


Friday, June 24, 2011

GREAT SALE this weekend @ Old Navy!

Stock up on some tank tops for only $2 each at Old Navy's "Tankathon Weekend" sale plus get $5 off a $35 purchase by printing out your coupon HERE.

Coupon Coupon: 15% off your entire purchase @ Michaels plus a 40% off any regular priced item coupon!

I love getting coupons from Michael's. A few weeks ago, there was a 25% off your entire purchase coupon which made for some pretty awesome deals. But any coupon at Michael's is a good coupon especially if you are crafty and like to work on projects!

On Sunday, June 26th from 4-8 pm, you can use a 15% off your entire purchase (including sale items) coupon plus a coupon for 40% off any regular priced item. A great time to look through the clearance bins for some awesome deals!

Get your coupons HERE!

Deal of the Day: K'NEX Building Tubs for only $10 each @ Walmart is offering two different K'NEX Big Building Tubs for only $10!!! These normally retail for more than $20 so these are great deals. This is such a great toy. My kids love playing with it. Stock up now for future birthday gifts!

Kid K'NEX Big Building Tub
Packed with KID K'NEX parts for your favorite little builder! Colorful, chunky KID K'NEX blocks, rods and connectors are easy for little hands to stack, snap and plug together, allowing your child to build anything he can imagine. Building ideas for 11 models like a plane, sailboat, even the ABCs, are included. When playtime is over, store the parts in the handy storage tub for a quick and easy clean-up.

Kid K'NEX Big Building Tub:
* 50 colorful, chunky KID K'NEX blocks, rods and connectors
* Easy for little hands to stack, snap and plug together
* Building ideas for 10+ model
* Handy storage tub

K'NEX Super Value Tub, 325-Piece
This K'NEX Big Value Tub provides kids with limitless opportunities for open-ended building fun. It's a great way to encourage your kids' imagination! Kids can use the ideas included or come up with their very own creations.

K'NEX Super Value Tub, 325-Piece:
* Packed with 325 parts
* Includes KNEX bricks
* Comes with ideas/instructions for 20 models
* Endless building opportunities
* All pieces can be stored in tub

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Deal of the Day: FREE Brag Book @ Walgreens!

Free Photo Brag Book Coupon Code: BRAG

Coupon code valid for 2 days only: today - 6/25!

Get yours HERE!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FREE Eco Bag at Staples - Printable Coupon (Plus 15% Everything You Put in It!)

Staples is offering a FREE eco bag plus 15% off everything you put in it. Print your free Staples eco bag coupon and then bring it to the Customer Service desk at your local store.

PS You should check out their "Clearance" section. They usually can find a lot of awesome deals that way!!

*Thanks ThriftyJinxy!
Mott's for Tots® has 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice and a great taste kids love—it's an easy and healthy way to spoil 'em.

Get your FREE Mott's for Tots® Apple Juice today by clicking HERE!

Deal of the Day: $2 for 5 one-night DVD rentals at any Blockbuster Express

Just $2 for 5 one-night DVD rentals at any Blockbuster Express machines! Click HERE to buy! Pick Fort Wayne, Indiana as the city to get the deal. Thanks!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Store Coupon Policies

It's always a good idea to print out each store's "Coupon Policy" just in case you run into any problems redeeming your coupons at the store. I have found that this has helped out a lot when I have issues with the cashiers not knowing their own store's policies and/or when they are unaware when policies have changed. I keep a copy of each store's policy in my coupon binder so it's always with me when I need it.

Here are some of the most updated Coupon Policies:

Rite Aid

Friday, June 17, 2011

Here's $10 off at

Save on shoes, accessories, handbags and apparel at We've got something for everyone and for a limited time, you can save $10 on that special something. Valid on purchase of $50 or more.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Did you know? KSBY offers discounts!

KSBY is our local TV station that has been serving the San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara areas for many years. Their website has grown into a mecca of many things: offering local/national/international news, weather, sports, "Healthy Living" news, contests and now HOT DEALS too!

Some of the "Hot Deals" being offered at the Marigold Center in SLO this June are:

Froggie's Cafe
Buy a wrap or salad from our lunch menu and receive a FREE POLLYWOG SIZE YOGURT

Debonair Eyes
50% off select frames and/or 10% off your eye exam.

Tanner's Cove
Buy one tan at regular price, get one free.

KSBY's "Club 6" also offers discounts on restaurants, services or memberships for 50% off! This month's featured deals are:

Shell Cafe in Pismo Beach
$40 gift certificate for only $20!

Popolo Cafe and Catering in SLO
$50 gift certificate for only $25!

Level 4 in Paso Robles
$50 gift certificate for only $25!

Samantha's Filipino-American Diner in Lompoc
$40 gift certificate for only $20

Exploration Station in Grover Beach
$50 gift certificate for only $25! (Good for a one-year membership!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Staycation Guide on the Central Coast!

With gas prices as high as it is, it's easier to forgo a vacation. But you don't have to! With so many fun things to do on the Central Coast, it's definitely easier to have a "staycation" instead! It's not necessarily cheaper but it saves on gas, (possibly) lodging, food, etc.

We are blessed to have so many fun things to do here in San Luis Obispo County. There are plenty of fun places to visit that are within driving distance that is still considerably cheaper than having to pay for flights, for example.

Here is a list of some fun things we are planning to do and places we are visiting this summer:






Atascadero's Tuesdays in the Park
Atascadero's Saturdays in the Park
Arroyo Grande
Avila Beach
Grover Beach
Los Osos
Paso Robles
San Luis Obispo



HIKING *Buy the book! So many hiking trails to enjoy!

Lake Lopez
Santa Margarita Lake
Nacimiento Lake
San Antonio Lake
Oso Flaco Lake



PARKS *Too many to list!


We paid for a season pass to save. This will make it our 2nd year as Season Pass holders. Individual passes cost $19.95 per person (M-Th) or $22.95 (F-Sun) for individuals over 48" and $16.95 (M-Th) or $19.95 (F-Sun) per person for individuals under 48". Kids under 2 years old are free to get in. Season Passes for a family of 4 cost $355. Individual's Season Pass cost $109 pp and a Children's Season Pass (under 48") cost $69.00 pp. I bought 2 Individual Season Passes for myself and my son (as my husband wouldn't want to go as many times as we do) and a Child's Season Pass for my daughter. We figured that if we were to go to the Ravine at least 5x, it would have already paid for itself. The Ravine doesn't let you bring food or refreshments into the water park so it's smart to eat a big meal at home before getting there!




Monday, June 13, 2011

Freebies Monday!

Monday is always full of surprises. I like opening up my mailbox and finding new samples and other freebies I have been waiting for. People question the reasons for asking for freebies. Some think it's a waste of time filling out the forms to get them. But for me, it's such a thrill to get things for free. It's like an addiction almost. :)

This is what I received in my mail today:

So many freebies are being offered today, so get yours now!*

*Thanks Freebies4Mom!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Deal of the Day: 2 movie tickets on for only $9!

2 movie tickets on for only $9!

Just last week, my hubby and I went to the Arroyo Grande Regal Theater to see "XMEN: First Class" using our last purchase of Fandango tickets. Such a great deal to get two movie tickets for only $9! It's amazing how much they expect you to pay just to go see a movie. Add popcorn, candy, drinks, thing you know you're out $60 for the night!

So if you can save $$$, try to take advantage of the daily deals when they're offered. It will seem like a lot of money out of pocket when you're buying deal after deal (so always have a plan to USE THEM) but you will be thankful later on when it's time to use them! :)

Did you know? You can get 50% off meals and/or services at!

Every month, offers different deals to many restaurants and places that offer a variety of services (like salons, chiropractic care, massages, etc). If you don't live on the Central Coast, just input your zip code to find your city!

June's specials include:

Basque Cafe in San Miguel
$20 for $40 Worth of Family Style Dining (Purchaser Will Receive 2- $20 Certificates)

463 Sports Grill in Paso Robles
$15 for $30 Worth of Casual Dining (Purchaser Will Receive 3- $10 Certificates)

Pizza Express in Atascadero
$15 for 1 Extra Large Gourmet Pizza & Choice of a Large Salad ($30 Value). Plus More Deals!

Tastee-freez / Wienerschnitzel in Atascadero
$15 for $30 Worth of Family Dining (Purchaser Will Receive 3- $10 Certificates)

"It's a Wrap" and More in Paso Robles
$12.50 for $25 Worth Gourmet Wraps, Sandwiches, Salads, Soups & More.

El Vino in Paso Robles
$10 for $20 Worth of Fine Mexican Cuisine (Purchaser Will Receive 2- $10 Certificates)

Central Coast Stand Up Paddling in Morro Bay
$40 for a 2-Hour Stand-Up Paddle Lesson ($80 Value)

Dawn Sweeney Stylist in Templeton
$30 for a Haircut, Style, Deep Conditioning & Brow Wax ($60 Value)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cheapie Finds of the Day!

I look like a mess! Just worked out & was all sweaty then all of a sudden I had the urge to take a pic in my new outfit I just got for a whole $1.74! Yeah you read that right folks! I love finding bargains!

Olive green shirt from Target - $2.74 (-$2.00 off any women's top coupon)

SEVEN jean shorts from the Goodwill - $1.00 (the manager's special for today was $1 shorts!)

So yeah, I got myself a whole new outfit for less than a burger. Wahoo!

Best Buys: CVS (June 7, 2011)

I was trying to make sure I ran all my errands today but ofcourse I ended up hanging out with a friend for 3.5 hrs and only got to do 3 out of the 10 things I wanted to do today. Oh well. I went to CVS and took advantage of some of the deals for this week.

Transaction #1:
(1) Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush - $6.00 ($3.00 ECB + $3.00 Q)
(1) Crest Oral Complete Rinse - $4.50 ($2.00 ECB + $2.50 ECB)
(1) Huggies Supreme diapers - $8.00 (2.00 ECB + $3.00 Q)
(1) Colgate MaxFresh toothpaste - $2.79 ($2.00 ECB + $0.75 Q)

Total after CVS coupons + Q's (manufacturer coupons) w/ tax = $11.05
*Received $9.00 in ECB (Extra Care Bucks)!

Transaction #2:
(1) Tide Stain Release pack - $3.99 ($3.00 Q)
(2) Schick Hydro Razor - $9.79 *BOGO sale ($1.00 Q each)
Total after CVS coupons + manufacturer coupons + Extra Care Bucks w/ tax = $0.42

Original total w/ sale prices would have been $36.06.

Paid OOP (out of pocket) = $11.47

Coupon Coupon: 5 FREE Blockbuster DVD Rentals!

Get up to five free DVD rentals at your local Blockbuster Express! Simply use one of the following codes:

* 22JMEB4 (good through 6/8)
* 25ASJA9 (good through 6/13)
* 29BACC2 (good through 6/13)
* 25JBHS7 (good through 6/13)
* 26RRAP8 (good through 6/13)

These can be used once per debit/credit card, so you can rent more than one for free by using different cards.

Thanks DealSeekingMom!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Coupon Coupon: $10 off $25 at JCPenney

This coupon is offered by JCPenney occasionally and it's a great one to use! It's $10 off any $25 purchase w/ no exclusions (which really means that there ARE exclusions; see below). So that means, you can go ahead and use it on just about anything, including sale and clearanced items!

It's good for FRIDAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 10 & 11 ONLY!

*$10 savings valid for one-time use on a single purchase of $25 or more, excluding taxes and shipping charges, Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11, 2011. One coupon per customer must be surrendered at time of purchase. Does not apply to Sephora, Services, Service Plans, Gift Cards, current orders / prior purchases, or in combination with other coupons. Discount applied to all qualifying items on prorated basis; any refunds will be given in the prorated amount. No cash value.

ASSOCIATE PROCEDURES: 1. Verify offer dates. 2. Verify minimum purchase amount. 3. Scan barcode. 4. Place coupon in media bag.
to save at enter GO2SALE when prompted at checkout.
or call 1.800.222.6161 and mention the code.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Did you know? Get FREE Samples from Target!

Periodically, Target offers free samples to the consumers. This is the first time I've seen samples being offered from Target. This week, Target is offering a free sample of Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Clean & Fresh.

Get your sample here!

Friday, June 3, 2011

It's a NEW Thang: (Buy and sell amazing deals from 150+ daily deal sites)

General FAQs from

What is Lifesta?

Lifesta is a marketplace for people to buy and sell deals from "daily deal" (also known as "group buying") sites such as Groupon, Living Social, BuyWithMe and 60-70 others (and counting). On Lifesta you can buy deals you missed, look for interesting deals in your area, or sell any deal you bought and won't use. The purchase is immediate - pick the deal, pay, download the voucher instantly and enjoy. Every voucher is guaranteed to be authentic and usable by The Lifesta Deal Guarantee.

What are "daily deal" (or "group buying") sites?
Daily deal sites provide a great, affordable way to discover what a city has to offer by selling heavily discounted deals (often 50% and up) for products and services in the area. The sites receive significant discounts by aggregating large groups of people and guaranteeing a certain volume of customers to the businesses offering the products and services. The deals offered usually require that a certain number of people purchase the deal before it is available for the buyers' use.

How is Lifesta different from other daily deal sites?
Lifesta is not a daily deal site. There's no one-a-day or two-a-week or any other limited-time deals offered through Lifesta. Lifesta is a marketplace where you can buy and sell deals from other sites.

Does Lifesta screen, or inspect its sellers or deals?
No, we do not. Anyone can sell on Lifesta, as long as they adhere to Lifesta's policies and terms of use. If you see any seller activity that violates those rules in any way please report it immediately.

Can I see my transactions?
You can see purchases on our site: After logging in, click "My Account" at the top right corner of any page and click the "Purchased Deals" menu option. As a seller, check out the "Current Deals" and "Past Deals" options under "My Account". For detailed transaction data (including marketplace fees if you're a seller), check your Amazon Payments account.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deal of the Day: $15 for $30 Groupon for Famous Footwear

Groupon is offering a pretty awesome deal on Famous Footwear right now. Just pay $15 for $30 Groupon! Only 5 hours left until the sale ends so take buy it now by clicking here. Groupon good until July 2, 2011.

Also, you can take advantage of their current promotion by taking an extra 20% off your entire purchase.  (Not sure if you can use promo code and Groupon in one transaction)
  • Add items to your shopping cart
  • Enter promo code FAMOUS20 at checkout to receive 20% discount
  • Discount will be deducted from your order after code is applied
  • Offer expires 11:59 p.m. CST June 4, 2011
Or you can print out a coupon to take the store by clicking here.

Famous Footwear usually has some pretty good deals on shoes.  You must know other store's sale prices to really be able to take advantage of the deals.  Some shoes on clearance at Famous Footwear aren't really that great compared to some of the sale prices you will find at other stores.  Personally, some of the prices are still kind of high for being on clearance.  But some shoes do go on sale that are incredibly lower than other stores.  For example, the men's Skechers toning sandals are on sale for $39.99 (normally retails for $99.99) this week.  Socks are Buy One, Get next pair 1/2 off!  Or you can save your Groupon for when Famous Footwear has their Buy One, Get the next pair for 1/2 off sale!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Deal of the Day: Old Navy

10 hours left to save $10 at Old Navy! Today only you can pay $10 for a $20 voucher at Old Navy through Groupon. This offer is valid at any Old Navy store nationwide. You have until 7/30 to use your voucher. Pick Atlanta (Georgia) as your city if you can't find it.  What a great deal!